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his agenda. >>> but he has competition in the form of sylvia berlusconi. he tells cnbc he feels a responsibility to run. >> feel the need to return to the political arena to prevent the country from being delivered into the hands of a leftist party. >> and the crowds are out, the stores are ringing up those sales, but u.s. shoppers may be running low on holiday spirit. and analysts say that they're spending less, as well. hi, everybody. welcome. merry christmas out there. thank you for joining us here on the show. what we're looking at today, we've got slightly quiet markets ahead of the u.s. open. what we're seeing, though, that all the markets are being called lower across the board stateside. the dow is being called a bit lower, nasdaq is being called a bit lower and the s&p 500 being called down by a bybit, as well. we saw markets coming off on friday stateside. pretty significant drops, as well, given that we now seem to be a clashing of heads between the republicans and the democrats in regards to moving forward on the fiscal cliff issue. it does seems as though they're ru
that italy can go back on to a sustainable growth path and -- >> is that with or without berlusconi involved? because end of february are these elections. >> yes. the elections are, of course, more the campaign heading into the elections with all these noises, especially the end ecb noises that we hear from italy. that's going to cause concern that if italy does need help, how likely are they going to be to get it? in the years from 1993 to 2007 italy brought down its debt to gdp ratio to almost 100% and half of that time berlusconi is prime minister. it's not like berlusconi has a record of fiscal spending. >> no. but i guess also the times were different. >> the times were different but the interest rate was slightly higher than it is now. but the primary surplus of the country ran over that period which was an acceptable 3% on average is already right now reached once again. so all the parameters are in the right place and the only thing the next government needs to do is actually nothing. if it does nothing, if it doesn't reverse the reforms -- >> what's interesting is what berlusconi is
you saw berlusconi kind of backed off and actually support him now so it's like they're going to parachute him back in. he won't run and he says i don't have to because he is a life senator whatever that means but italy has its own laws as you know, probably as well as anybody. but he wants -- he'd like to continue to run the show because he feels just like mario draghi that he's been very successful and he can't let go of the reins. now i understand that. but he doesn't want to run. >> he's been very successful and he tells us about that. >> right. >> he had his july 26th surprise between him and mario draghi but in the end as you pointed out off camera he doesn't want to lose. he's not going through the process in a way where he can lose. basically if you appoint me i'll take it. >> right. >> i think president obama or any politician in the u.s. would love to have those terms up. >> right. he wants the terms. no election. i don't want that process. i don't want the feeling of rejection but i'd like to continue in this path. italy has to make a decision and i think the big mo
government could fall. >> the "b" word, berlusconi, incredible. see you later. if you're just joining us here is what you missed earlier this morning. >> welcome to hour three of "squawk on the street." here is what's happening so far. >> a sound fiscal position is necessary to protect the economy. >> okay. >> if we don't do that, as this economy recovers, that recovery is going to be aborted and that's going to do damage. >> 370,000, a drop of 25,000, because the 393 originally released last week was upgraded a couple of thousand. >> people are truly perplexed about what the stock is, where it got to, what do you do with it. >> so you can come up with a million reasons. it's manufacturing, well, maybe it is manufacturing, but is there really a demand question about apple's products? [ bell ringing ] >> there is a scenario says and some people believe in it, go over the cliff and if about two, three days we'll have it settled. . look if we knew that was going to happen i'd say go over the cliff. two or three days is not going to do any harm. suppose it's two or three weeks, suppose it's two o
. berlusconi says spreads, this is really just a scam. monty says we should care about spreads. want to bring in a third opinion. let's talk about bepo grillo, founder of the five-star movement. not a political party but a movement which benefits from voters' disenchantment with mr. berlusconi and mr. monty. he agrees with mr. berlusconi on one thing. he says spreads are all just based on speculation. >> translator: the spread is completely detached from the real economy. the spread is mental hallucination created by speculation in the banking sector because half of the italian debt is owned by foreign banks. these banks try to get high rate in order to earn more. so we are a victim of banking speculation, of both foreign and domestic banks. we shall detach from the real economy. we need to stop this vicious cycle of debt that is strangling us. >> reporter: many would argue it's the right time for mario monty to leave the political scene. would you agree? >> translator: he needs to disappear. he was, as the americans say, a bluff, a bubble, a bankruptcy curator. our country went bankrupt last
column. >> silvio berlusconi getting hitched. he is engaged to a 28-year-old woman. this is while his sex for hire trial continues in milan. berlusconi is flirting with another run for prime minister. >> that must have been some engagement ring, right? >> that guy, he has -- >> the guy may want to be prime minister, forgetting all of his other problems, europe, the financial sector, terrified of that. >> silvio berlusconi, the gift that keeps on giving. >> john tries to make this very serious. i appreciate you bringing it back to the financial crisis. >> no, no, no. we were focused on something different. >> the sex for hire trial? the proposal during the sex for hire trial? >>> main street might be seeing a run for guns in some places, but wall street, it's the opposite. a look at that, coming up. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 do
% of italians are against him running for a second turn. meanwhile, sylvia berlusconi promised yesterday if he's voted back in, he'll reverse some of monti's policies. >>> in tokyo, the newly elected prime minister is meeting with the head of the central bank. also, we'll head out to frankfurt where do you have ya mark may have dodged another bullet. >>> then it's over to hong kong. aig sells its remaining stake in aia and formally ends a partnership dating back 100 years. all of that straight ahead. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time for christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express ecember 22nd for christmas delivery. >>> the latest numbers out of china, in the first 11 months, foreign investments led. investment from the u.s. did pick up. . on the equity front, the shanghai composite has been powering ahead up over 9% just this month. with external factors impeding economic growth, the long-term pir r picture may not be rosy. china is the only market of the year like
for a potential return to politics of silvio berlusconi. again, not clear exactly why the post there has -- there's been a postponement of the end of the year press conference. that is the case as we are learning this morning. >>> moving on to shares in ubs which are at the top of the smi in zurich after the bank announced a settlement with u.s., u.k., and swiss regulators over its role in the libor fixing scandal. ubs will pay a total fine of $1.5 billion after admitting to manipulating the rate. as well as pleading guilty to charges of fraud and bribing brokers. the swiss bank says the fine will lead to a greater than expected fourth quarter loss. but that it will not need to raise new capital. carolyn, the response here by shares positive leading, in fact, the borce as we see it. >> ubs is the better performer on the smi, up by 2.3%. yes, the story, you know, has leaked over the last couple of days. we thought the loss would be bigger. maybe -- or the fine, rather, would be about $1.6 billion. now it's only $1.5 billion. still, this is a very, very hefty fine. i mean, it's three times the amou
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